The Anti-Corruption Commission says it will monitor the presidential by-election and that a countrywide sensitization campaign has been launched on the need for all political players to desist from engaging in corruption.
ACC director general Rosewin Wandi advised all political parties, all stakeholders, the electorate and the general public to refrain from engaging in corrupt and other malpractices before, during and after the January 20, 2015 presidential election.
Ms Wandi warned against electoral malpractices and urged politicians to ensure that values of integrity were upheld during campaigns at all times.
She said electoral corruption undermined the legitimacy of the elected leaders and compromised democracy and the systems of governance.
“The commission will work with other stakeholders in monitoring the electoral process during this period, and as the campaigns have kicked off, the commission would like to urge everyone to report all cases of electoral corruption to the commission.
Ms Wandi said the commission would set up election desk offices at all commission’s provincial offices for receiving electoral corruption reports. She said the Commission had made itself ready to receive and respond quickly to complaints received or initiated during the monitoring exercise.
“The commission would, however like to further advise members of the public that in terms of section 35 of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012, the commission’s jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute electoral corruption is limited to corrupt practices by way of bribery as prescribed under section 79 of the Electoral Act No. 12 of 2006,” she said.